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I unfortunately had to get a divorce. I was lost, scared and had no idea of what to do or what was going to happen. I met with Mechelle for my initial consult and I was so amazed by how confident she was that everything would turn out just fine. Throughout the process so much 'crap' would come up and I would email or contact her and she would respond in a very timely fashion. Divorce isn't easy on anyone emotionally and Mechelle definitely understood that and put so much of my anxiety and worries at ease. Everything that she said would happen, happened. I couldn't have been more happy the day I picked up the phone and called her.
I worked with Mechelle for some time due to the contentious nature of my divorce. I always felt that she kept my best interests at heart. I was very impressed at her competence. Divorce is a very difficult process to go through but I'm certainly glad Mechelle was on my side. I came out of the divorce with what I thought was a fair settlement and at the start things did not look so rosy (my spouse,who initiated the divorce, was totally disabled). I would, without question recommend her. Mechelle is an amazing attorney!
Mechelle has handled my divorce and post decree matters for the past 2+ years. Before writing my review, I read the others and felt compelled to respond to some of the negative comments by writing there is no way the reviews about poor court performance, writing and personal appearance are accurate. I suspect they were not written by actual clients, but by disgruntled third parties who've lost to Mechelle. My case was complicated and required beyond average attention from an attorney and Mechelle did an amazing job in managing the many issues that arose from pre-divorce to the present. My divorce involved three children, multiple properties and a business as well as domestic violence. This was not an easy divorce by any means. Therefore, I checked around before retaining her and discovered she has one of the best reputations within the legal community and is thought of as one of the best attorneys in Denver. Mechelle is an extremely professional, thorough, prepared, and skilled family law practitioner. In court Mechelle has proven to be very effective, while maintaining a high level of courtesy and professionalism towards everyone. Mechelle and her team were excellent at managing my case, keeping me informed during the process and getting me prepared for court. I feel my needs have been met and goals reached and was very pleased with my outcome. Mechelle handles matters expeditiously and does not waste time nor money in the process; which I greatly appreciated. I can honestly write I've never had better nor more effective representation than Mechelle.
Mechelle Faulk handled my divorce professionally and kept me informed of my rights under the law. She was very ethical even when the opposing counsel was not. I would highly recommend her without reservation.
I hired Mechelle to represent me in my divorce and am so pleased that I did. Being in the legal field myself but not having any experience with family law, I was concerned about hiring the wrong lawyer and to me that would have meant someone who was unnecessarily elevating fees or creating unnecessary contentions, or someone who was not familiar with the complicated issues in family law.
While advocating on my behalf, Mechelle never "wallowed in the mud" with the other side over petty issues, was professional in all communications and correspondence, and monumental in helping me understand what my rights were and how the court and our state would likely rule on important issues. This ultimately saved in legal fees and made it possible to reach agreements with my ex, in spite of the delay tactics that were evident from the time I filed for divorce.
Mechelle's knowledge of local family law practice is amazing and her ability to compose, draft and edit documents on the fly was not only efficient but awe-inspiring. Mechelle also has an associate and a paralegal who are both very experienced in family law, which allowed a very efficient and cost-effective representation without sacrificing quality or professionalism.
Mechelle was my attorney a few years back, and I could not help but weigh in because she nearly ruined my life (fortunately my new attorney turned it around for my family). Mechelle dumped me immediately after our custody evaluation. It wasn't for "non-payment" or any other reason, other than I had a really bad custody evaluation.
I admit that there was good reason for the bad custody evaluation, but after I got a new lawyer things got better. The appointed evaluator actually had a heart to heart with my new lawyer and I turned things around. The custody evaluator actually told my new lawyer that Mechelle was young and ambitious and that she made me look worse during the evaluation. AFter that, my ex and I worked together and even though we don't get along we made things better for the kids. So, Mechelle was actually part of the problem and getting a new lawyer was part of the solution. Mechelle encouraged conflict that made things worse for our family. I agree with the other reviews that she reneged on old agreements and filed nasty briefs and personal attacks against the other party. She did the same in my case and I took the fall (partly for good reason but mostly not because good lawyer does things differently and should know better and advise their clients differently).
There are really good family lawyers in the Denver Metro area. I recommend asking your therapist or asking someone that you know is divorced but admire their character. I hope that this review helps others who are in a bad situation and who are looking for legal help.
Mechelle was actually opposing counsel on my termination of parental rights case. She was gracious and understanding, all the while making sure her client's needs were met. Her friendliness and professionalism made an emotionally difficult process and easy as it could possibly be. She was understanding and gracious in all of my interactions with her. I could not imagine someone handling a case like this better than she did. I would absolutely recommend hiring her for any family court proceeding you might have.
Mechelle has been a complete lifesaver for me and my family. Without providing too much detail, I was involved in a high-conflict situation with very significant assets at stake and a spouse who was doing everything possible to ensure that I would not have contact with my children in the future. Mechelle and her team listened carefully to my situation and worked hard with me every step of the way to not only ensure that the court understood all of the financial matters, but that my relationship and time with my children were protected.
I could not disagree more with the reviews below that state Mechelle performs poorly in court or that she does not write well. We appeared before the judge numerous times in my case and in each instance Mechelle was prepared, made well-presented arguments supported by the law and, in many instances, she was thanked by the court or the court made a comment about how well-represented the parties were. As a result, Mechelle and her team helped me to achieve very favorable outcomes.
What I mean by the "reality check" in my comment above is that when an attorney takes on highly-contested cases, emotions often run high. Unfortunately, in family law cases, the party who does not prevail may end up really disliking the attorney representing the other side. I believe that is what is occuring here -- that some of these reviews have been written by the opposing party and not Mechelle's client. Those negative reviews are so fundamentally different than my experience with Mechelle and her team -- which has been irreplaceable.
I highly recommend Mechelle and if my friends and colleagues need a family law attorney in the future, I will send them to her.
I consider myself very experienced with family law issues. I have had a protracted post-decree case and for years I have provided suggestions to other struggling families about how to navigate through the complicated family law system. Many others have consulted my website and blog for help, and I consider myself a good resource to others and a good barometer of character. I worked with Mechelle because I have worked with Dufford and Brown on other legal issues.
Mechelle does a good job anticipating the problems of the opposing party. I was even going to feature her as an expert on my website. However, she is absolutely positively terrible in court. I don't know whether the judge in my case had a personal beef against her but she lost her composure and started coughing and we never regained our position or credibility. She asked the most ridiculous questions and made bizarre statements...I should never have let this case go to court no matter how much money I lost. So, while I thought that the pleadings went OK I would never work with Mechelle again if there is a chance of a court appearance. I can personally attest to the fact that there are so many people who are the total package and I would work with them instead.
Mechelle made a mess of my case. She promised the moon and made a lot of money from me, but she is terrible in court and can't write. In my case, the appeals judge hammered her for not following procedure and for poor writing. If I were here, I'd be embarassed because that case is published opinion. That made me really think whether I was getting what I paid for. I think Mechelle acts aggressive and dresses provacatively for attention. However, respect is earned from performance, not posturing. There are plenty of other good attorneys in Denver. You don't need to work with this one.